‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries [...] Vol XI containing the treaties, & c., relating to Aden and the south western coast of Arabia, the Arab principalities in the Persian Gulf, Muscat (Oman), Baluchistan and the North-West Frontier Province’ [19v] (47/822)
The record is made up of 409 folios. It was created in 1933. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.
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ADEN— The Abdali.
to pay the stipends which the Sultan was bound to give to the 1 adhli,
Yafai, Haushabi and Amiri tribes. Peace, however, was soon after
broken by an unsuccessful attempt made by Sultan Muhsin in Novem
ber 1839 to retake Aden, and the payments were therefore stopped. A
second attack made in May 1840 was also unsuccessful, and the repulse
of a third attack in July of the same year completely disheartened the
Arabs for a time. In LSI-'] Sultan Muhsin came to Aden and sued for
peace. An Engagement (No. V) was made on the 11th February 1843,
which the British Government considered in the light of an agreement
to be observed between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and the Sultan, but not of
a treaty to be formally ratified. In February 1844, a monthly stipend
of 541 dollars was restored to the Sultan with a year's arrears and,
before this was paid, another Agreement (No. VI) was taken from him,
binding him faithfully to observe his engagements.
Sultan Muhsin died on the 30th November 1847, leaving nine sons.
He was succeeded by his eldest son, Ahmed, who died on the 18th
January 1849, when his next brother, Ali bin Muhsin, succeeded. Short
ly after his accession to power, a Treaty (No. VII) of peace, friendship
and commerce, which was under negotiation with his predecessor, was
concluded with him. Among its other provisions, this treaty stipulated
for the restoration of the monthly stipend which had been stopped in
consequence of the share taken by the late Chief, Sultan Muhsin, in
an attack on Aden in August 1846.
Eelations with the new Chief remained on a fairly satisfactory footing
till 1857, when, taking umbrage at some fancied wrongs, he entered
upon a course of open hostility to the British Government. He was com
pletely defeated by an expedition which marched against him in 1858,
and the peace which followed remained unbroken till his death in 1863.
His son, I 1 adhl (lazl) bin All, was elected bv the tribes and elders
to succeed him in the government, but no sooner had he assumed the
management of affairs than intrigues were set on foot by other members
of the family with a view to his displacement. Ultimately an arrange
ment uas effected, through the mediation of the Pesident at Aden and
\Aith the consent of the young Chief, by which he was succeeded in the
government of the country by his uncle, Fadhl bin Muhsin, fourth son
of Sultan Muhsin. For the assistance rendered by Sultan Fadhl bin
Muhsin m supplying forage and means of transport for the troops em
ployed against the Fadhli tribe in 1865, he was presented with 5 000
Tn 1867 the Chief consented (No. VIII) to the construction of an
aqueduct for the supply of water from the Shaikh Othman wells to Aden,
a distance of six miles.
t 1 In \ m U in C T < T enoe ot repeated applications by the Sultan of
Lahej, lor the protection of the British Government against the Turks.
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The volume is a fifth edition of a collection of historic treaties, engagements and sanads (charters) signed between representatives of the British Government or East India Company, and foreign rulers, dignitories or government officials, in the regions of Aden, south west Arabia, the Arab coast of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , including Muscat and Oman, Baluchistan, and the north-west frontier province (present-day Pakistan). This volume, originally compiled by Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, was revised in 1930 and published in 1933 by the Manager of Publications in Dehli, under the authority of the Government of India.
Part 1 contains treaties and engagements relating to Aden and the southwest coast of Arabia:
- An historical overview of British (and Turkish) involvement in the region, including descriptions of the treaties and engagements signed;
- The Anglo-Turkish Convention (in French) respecting the boundaries of Aden, dated 9 March 1914;
- Treaties and conventions, agreed between the years 1802-1917, at Aden and with the Abdali tribe, the Subeihi, Fadhli, Aqrabi, Aulaqi, Irqa, Lower Haura, Beihan, Yafai, Audhali, Haushabi, Alawi, the Amirate of Dhala, the Wahidi, Kathiri, the Sultanate of Mukalla, Soqotra [Suquṭrā] and Qishn, Yemen, and the Idrisi. The treaties cover agreements of commerce, friendship and protection; agreements for the cession or purchase of land, for the abolition of the slave trade, storage of coal, protection of shipwrecked British sailors.
Part 2 contains treaties and engagements relating to the Arab principalities of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , divided into the following areas: 1) The Wahhābī and Nejd [Najd]; 2) Bahrain; 3) The Trucial Arab shaikhs (of Oman); and 4) Kuwait:
- An historic overview of the agreements made between the British and the region’s rulers, organised by tribes and/or geographical locality;
- Agreements and treaties signed with the Wahhābī tribe, including: an agreement between the Wahhābī and British Government over aggression towards the Arab tribes, dated 21 April 1866; a series of conventions and treaties agreed in the 1920s, establishing boundaries and relations between the Kingdom of Najd and its neighbours; the Treaty of Jeddah, dated 20 May 1927;
- Agreements and treaties signed with the ruler of Bahrain, relating to: piracy and slavery (1820), abstention from entering into relations with foreign powers (1880, 1892), arms trafficking, wireless telegraphy (1912), and oil exploitation (1914);
- Agreements and treaties signed with the shaikhs of the Arab coast, relating to respect for British property (1806), piracy (1820), the slave trade (1838, 1873), the maintenance of maritime peace in perpetuity (1853), the Anglo-Qatar treaty (1916); oil exploitation (1922);
- Agreement and treaties signed with the ruler of Kuwait, relating to: arms trafficking, exclusive post office rights (1904), pearling and sponge fishing concessions (1911), wireless telegraphy (1912), oil exploitation (1913), boundaries between Kuwait and Najd (1922) and Kuwait and Iraq (1923).
Part 3 contains treaties and engagements relating to Oman, chiefly Muscat but also Sohar:
- An historical overview of the Sultanate of Muscat, and the agreements made between Britain and Muscat;
- Treaties and conventions, agreed between the years 1798 and 1929, including: the exclusion of the French from the Sultan of Muscat’s territories (1798); suppression of the slave trade (1822, 1873); commerce (1839); cession of the Kuria Muria islands [Jazā'ir Khurīyā Murīyā] (1854); the independence of Zanzibar (1861, 1862); telegraphic communications (1864, 1865); jurisdiction of Indian subjects at Muscat (1873); friendship and commerce (1891); coalfields at Ṣūr (1902); arms traffic (1919); prolongation of the commercial treaty (1891); treaty of peace between the Sultan of Muscat and Chief of Sohar (1839).
Part 4 contains treaties and engagements relating to Baluchistan:
- An historic overview of the region and its districts, including British involvement in Baluchistan, organised by the Kalat [Kelat] Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Sibi Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , and British Baluchistan and its territories;
- The treaties and conventions listed for Kelat, agreed between the years 1839 and 1925, include: an engagement between the British Government and the Khan of Kelat (1839), the Khan of Kelat’s allegiance and submission to the British Government (1841); various agreements for the protection of the Indo-European telegraph line; cession of lands for the Kandahar Railway (1880), Mushkaf-Bolan Railway (1894) and Nushki Railway (1906); demarcation of the boundary between Persian Baluchistan and Kelat (1896);
- The treaties and conventions listed for Sibi and British Baluchistan, agreed between the years 1884 and 1897, including: cession to the British Government of rights to petroleum and other mineral oils (1885); agreement on the Bargha and Largha boundary line (1895), grazing fees for animals and responsibility for good behaviour within the British border at Zhob, signed by the Suliman Khel Ghilzai (1897).
Part 5 contains treaties and engagements relating to the northwest frontier province:
- An historic overview of British involvement and administration of the province;
- The treaties and conventions agreed in the province, arranged as follows : 1) Hazara District; 2) Dir, Swat and Chitral Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; 3) Peshawar District; 4) Khyber Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; 5) Kohat District; 6) Kurram Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; 7) Bannu District; 8) North Waziristan Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; South Waziristan Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . The agreements relate to: relations with the British; maintenance of peace; acceptance of terms; protection of borders and communications; commerce; exclusion or expulsion from certain districts of undesirables, including ‘Hindustani fanatics’.
The appendices contain a number of treaties signed between foreign rulers, including treaties agreed between Muscat and the United States, French and Dutch Governments, as well as British Parliament acts and memoranda related to the treaties and engagements in the volume.
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- 409 folios
The volume is arranged into five key geographical regions: Aden and the southwest coast of Arabia, the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Oman (Muscat) and Sohar, Baluchistan, and the northwest frontier province. The main body of the volume, containing the narrative treaties, is arranged into parts covering these five regions. The appendices at the end of the volume is likewise arranged by the five regions.
Each part (or region) is further subdivided into a number of smaller units, and in some cases further subdivided into smaller units. These subdivisions can be tribal, geographical and administrative in nature. Within each part, the narrative treaties are numbered with Roman numerals, restarting at I at the beginning of each part.
There is a contents page at the front of the volume (ff.2-17) which lists the geographical regions, their subdivisions and treaties. The contents pages refers to the volume’s pagination system. There is a subject index, arranged alphabetically, at the end of the volume (ff.363-405) which also refers to the volume’s pagination system.
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Foliation: The volume’s foliation sequence uses circled pencil numbers, located in the top-right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 405. Total number of folios: 405. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 409.
Pagination: The volume has a series of printed pagination sequences, expressed in Roman numerals for the contents, appendices and index pages, and in Arabic numerals for the volume’s main content matter. These numbers are located in the top-left corner of versos and the top-right corner of rectos.
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